Recently, a group of friends and I decided to do something athletic every other Sunday during the summer. This was meant to be a tool to bring us closer together, as well as a way to stay fit. One of the installments of these outings was to go hiking on a trail in Griffith Park near the Observatory. I was under the impression that this was going to be a random group/relationship building trip, but it ended up being much more than that.
Going into the hike, my mind was flooded with the many things on my “to do list,” finals, group projects and the list goes on, but it seems as though I was forced to take my mind off those things. I couldn’t help but take in the beautiful atmosphere, a side of Los Angeles I had never experienced, and I’ve lived here all my life!
This wasn’t easy at all. There were points when I honestly believed that I was not going to make it through the hike. The major inclines had even my fittest friends gasping for air, but we made it through.
For the last 15 minutes of the hike, we decided to remain silent and just reflect and meditate. The peace I felt in those last minutes was an experience I’ll never forget. I no longer thought about my many stresses, but how lucky and blessed I was to be in that atmosphere, to have the friends I have and to just be alive. When we made it to the top, we all felt as though we had accomplished something great, a feeling that can over shadow any stressful thought. We had made it to the top!
The experience I had while on this hike is one that everyone should have, especially when the stress of the world has taken a toll on a person. So if ever you see your stress levels risings, you find yourself becoming irritable over the smallest things, or if you just feel like getting away, go on a hike, its good for your soul!